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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Spring Trend: Denim Dresses

Sorry it's been a while since I've blogged.  2016 did not get off to great start and I just needed some time out for a bit.  Thank you to my girlfriends who have been encouraging me to get back to blogging.  And so I thought I would kick start with one of my favourite pieces that I've been wearing over the last few months, and that's my denim dress from Whistles.

It all started with a £60 voucher that I had with Whistles - Did you know, that if you buy something in the sale from Whistles you cannot get a refund?  Apparently not, as I found out late last summer. Throughout winter I think I visited Whistles nearly every week to see what I could get with my voucher, but nothing really grabbed my attention.

In January I went to Florida and I wanted something more casual to wear, and I saw this denim dress. Even though I bought it for this specific trip, I didn't get to wear it out there and it made it's debut outing on my birthday when I went for lunch.

I've loved it from the start - dress it up with black shoe boots or dress it down like I do often with my Nike trainers, a versatile dress to say the least.



Photo by: Danielle Bailey


I bought these trainers whilst in Florida, I was a little unsure about buying trainers that are black in colour but they have worked so well with trousers, dresses and of course jeans when you need to put on something practical to get out and about in!


Love these trainers!!
Photo by: Danielle Bailey

Olive green works so well with denim and I found this bag from Oasis in the new year sales. Cross-over bags are great for shopping trips, keeps your hands free for all those shopping bags you need to carry!


Love this olive green cross-shoulder bag - Oasis
Photo by: Danielle Bailey


Photo by: Danielle Bailey
If you need to smarten the look then ditch the trainers and opt for shoe boots!!  Once the weather warms up the footwear options are endless from high-heeled brown sandals, to Havanas to pumps - versatility at it's best!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

5 mins for... My favourite posts from 2015

I cannot believe another year has been and gone, it's crazy when you think about it - it makes you realise that you should not waste time on things that don't matter because when you look back and reflect - was it worth it?

I thought I would take a look at the posts I've published this year, and share with you my favourite five.



At No. 5, it's the day I spent with Chantelle Lingerie team in London, it was a great fun day and I learnt so much about protecting your breasts!  Have a read of it here.
















At No. 4 - For the love of jumpsuits - I was only looking at some yesterday with a view to purchasing!! I still love them and think they are the most versatile garment you can own, take them from day wear to glamorous girls night out!  Have another look at this post here.














At No. 3, well I wrote about this in Spring, however I'm sitting here writing this post wearing DOUBLE DENIM!!  Great trend, it's such an easy one to wear, if you need inspiration for this trend, check out pics on Instagram... and click here for my post.


















At No. 2 - 2015 was the year I turned Forty!  My hubby treated me to a surprise trip to Venice, the time there was very special and such a treat!  What I Wore posts have played a very special part throughout 2015, but this one is my favourite for sure!!  Check it out here. A big thank you again to all my girlfriends too for making it such a special time x

















www.tedbaker.com
And finally at No. 1 my most favourite post (with the help of my photographer Carol) is the one about my Ted Baker coat - Four ways. It was great fun pulling it all together and I had such great feedback from my readers, in fact I think a few of you went out and purchased one, and so you should, it's F A B U L O U S !  I've been wearing it over the last few weeks and I get so many lovely compliments from both men and women - you simply cannot go wrong with it!  Have another read of it here.








And that just leaves me to wish you all a Happy New Year and the best of health and happiness for you in 2016.

Lizzi  x




Monday, 28 December 2015

Make-up prep for New Year's Eve

If I'm heading out on New Year's Eve, I seem to think this is a good evening to practice a new make-up look!  It's because I get ready super early and so I have all this extra time - this usually ends we me not liking the end result, and so I end up starting all over again to create my usual daytime make-up. 

This post is an early reminder that New Years Eve is THIS Thursday; so if you fancy a new look, practice NOW, yes NOW!

One of the great evening looks is smokey eyes and I've found a great film on YouTube that will help you; for those of you who know your season colourings then Summers opt for greys, Winters opt for silvers and blacks, Springs opt for gold and light brown and finally Autumns choose brown to dark brown/black for eye make-up.

Make sure your pencils are soft enough to enable you to create this smudgy/blended look. A good trick is to use eyeshadow as your base for eyeliner, this helps with the end result. Ensure your eyeshadow has some shimmer to help perfect the evening look.

The film below is by a great Australian blogger, Kate Waterhouse - here she demonstrates how to get smokey eyes using two colours and some pencil work, and not forgetting our faithful friend, mascara. 

Talking of mascara, I'm seriously loving this one by No.7 at the mo, I use the brown/black as I'm an Autumn:


No.7 Intense Volume - £9.95




One final tip, if you are wearing a new outfit then also have a practice run of putting all of it together, shoes, bags, tights, jewellery etc - you don't want to be getting upset just before going out that something is not working! And remember, LESS IS MORE!


Friday, 18 December 2015

I Spy With My Style Eye!

... the knitted dress

I'm loving them this season; I've invested in a few to take me through winter.  I know it's not been freezing cold but at the moment I don't have the luxury of a cosy warm office.  So if your like me and out on the road each day and you need to look glam but keep warm, a knitted dress is the way to go!!

Dress up or dress down they are so versatile that you can take this from business to weekend wear to ladies at lunch!

Check these fabulous dresses out!


Lucy Dress by Hobbs
Was £99, now £79



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Kin by John Lewis Reverse Seam Cocoon Dress, Grey
£59








Combining two winter trends of the knitted dress and the cable knit, go with 
John Lewis
Somerset by Alice Temperley Knitted Dress, Cream
£99




Tuesday, 15 December 2015

One 2 Watch: Victoria Beckham: Living a Life of Style and Grace

My hero, Victoria has won Woman of the Year from Glamour - watch to see what David, Eva, Mel and Anna have to say about Victoria Beckham: Living a Life of Style and Grace






For those of you who get this by e-mail you'll need to click here to watch.


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Winter Trend: Mary Jane Shoes


Image from Nadia Fairfax Instagram

I heard a rumour, then I read about it in a magazine and then I saw one of my favourite global bloggers post a pic on Instagram… Mary Jane's are on trend!  

The image above is from Nadia Fairfax's Instagram, she posted "Welcome Mary Janes... @gucci
#TodaysTootsies"

I love the look of Mary Janes!  I'm sure you all remember our girl Carrie in Sex and the City - it was one of her favourite shoes too.  Super sexy and definitely one you can wear from day to night.

Here are some I've checked out for you...


L.K. Bennett
Amira Platform Suede Court - Multi Colour
£275








New Look
Wide Fit Black Comfort Mary Jane Court Shoes

Available in black, navy and burgundy
£24.99




Dune
Ashlea - Burgundy (also available in black) Strappy T-bar Mary Jane Shoe
£79









Selfridges
MARNI

Mary-jane leather heeled courts
£430








Dorothy Perkins
Black 'Clemmy' Mary Jane Court Shoes
Was £25, Now £18.75






I was hoping to find some glittery silver or gold ones so that you could sparkle at your Christmas party, but after A LOT of searching, no joy I'm afraid ladies!!